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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Is the promise not to file criminal rape charges when there was no rape, “due consideration?”

It turns out that there was some kind of sexual encounter between William R. McCormick III, freshman student at Brown University and Marcella E. Dresdale, a female student at the same school.

She accused him of rape. She did not go to the police but to Brown college administrators. Said administrators got McCormick to withdraw from Brown, forfeiting his full scholarship. McCormick now claims that he signed the agreement to withdraw for Brown under duress “the implied threat of false criminal rape charges.” He further alleges that Brown forced his withdrawal because of pressure from Marcella Dresdale’s father, Richard Dresdale who is a major, wealthy contributor to Brown.

The question before the court is whether the promise not to file false rape charges is “due consideration.”

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